Monday, June 30, 2008

Summer Snaps 36

These were made today in my backyard with the Canon 100mm 2.8 macro lens through the viewfinder of Kodak Duaflex IV Camera. They were cropped and post-processed in PSCS2 - most with a cross processing action.

These last two were made today using the Canon macro lens alone. They were edited in LightRoom using a David Jay preset designed for photos that were taken with backlighting.

Congratulations to Iris and Derrick

Iris and Derrick were married Saturday night at Marengo House in Lowndesboro, AL. These are just a few of my favorite images from the event.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Summer Snaps 35

Elijah gives big smiles to mom and dad now. And when they brought him over today in this cute little orange & blue t-shirt I just had to pull out the Auburn cap :)

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Summer Snaps 34

While I was watering the flowers this morning I noticed these morning glories in a perfect alignment to my welcome kitty. I love seeing my little welcome kitty (purchased at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens last year) with my flower bed full of flowers (thanks to my husband's attention to it in the spring) when I pull in the driveway. (That was definitely a poorly constructed sentence, but I think you get all the points.)

Friday, June 27, 2008

Summer Snaps 33


Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro with Kenko extension tubes.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Summer Snaps 32

I loved the way the water beaded on the leaves of the Social Garlic this morning when I watered the garden. So, I pulled out the Kenko Extension tubes (12mm + 36mm)and Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens and captured these shots. 1/125s @ f/2.8; ISO 200

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Through the Viewfinder

My neighbor's cat wandered over to clean himself while my husband and I were working in the backyard. I thought it was a perfect opportunity to get more practice on my "Through the Viewfinder" technique.

Summer Snaps 31

This summer, I came across a type of photography called "Through the Viewfinder." Basically, you use your digital SLR with a macro lens and take a photo through the viewfinder of a vintage twin lens camera. I loved the artsy feel of the photographs so immediately purchased an old Kodak Duaflex IV Camera on Ebay. It came today so I ran out in the backyard to experiment. My first attempts at TtV photography:

I'll have to practice some to get the color and focus I want on these images. Guess my Summer Snaps will be filled with my practice shots for a while! And I already have a bid in on a second vintage twin lens camera on Ebay. Every camera will give a little different effect because of the unique dust and scratches on the old lens.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Summer Snaps 30

I've been saving these big leaves since last fall knowing I wanted to do some macros with them. I finally got them off the shelf today and set the camera on Aperture Priority mode at f/32 and had my photo shoot! They had window light on the right of the image and a gold reflector on the left. I used the Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens. They were cropped and edited in Lightroom.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Summer Snaps 29

I couldn't show favorites, so here are a few snaps I took of my other cat while she was trying to sleep in her window today. She was very upset with me for disturbing her nap!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Summer Snaps 28

I do love my cats! And RAM - who usually darts under the bed when he sees the camera in my hand - was particularly cooperative today and almost seemed to pose for a photo shoot!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Summer Snaps 27

I just love my neighbor's cat who comes over to visit whenever he hears me in the backyard. I've never tried an animal in infrared before, but since he came to visit while I was practicing some infrared shots I included him in a few. He was adopted from the Humane Shelter.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Summer Snaps 26

This may be the last day with the extension tubes ... we'll just have to see what tomorrow brings. Today's snap is a macro of a butterfly bush bloom. The exposure on these is always so hard for me to get right. The tiny flowers catch a lot of light leaving some areas "blown-out."

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Artist at Work

My daughter was recently hired to paint a theater backdrop. My husband and I stopped by to see it just as she was finishing. It's always fun to watch her work. I am so proud of how talented she is and also because she's turned out to be a wonderful young woman!

The backdrop will be part of the Peter Pan production for the Blowing Rock Stage Company in North Carolina and later at the Springer Opera House in Columbus, Georgia.

That's her proud dad in the chair behind her.

These were taken with a little point-and-shoot I carry with me in my purse at ALL times -- the Canon PowerShot SD800 IS. It's a great little camera! I did have it set on manual mode so the flash wouldn't fire.
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